Blackwater Trial: Mercenaries Go Free
Few Americans seem aware of the extent that mercenaries influence the War in Iraq. The charges against the Blackwater Security contractors presided over by Ricardo Urbina have been dismissed. This incident resulted in the deaths of 17 Iraqis, 14 of which were unarmed, women and children. It is alleged that the Blackwater Security contractors opened fire on the unarmed civilians while they were stopped at a Bagdad intersection. The Blackwater Security firm has changed its name to Xe Services and continues to operate in Iraq. It is not the only company of mercenaries financed by the American public. Huge sums are being paid to these firms who enjoy an immunity from prosecution by the Iraqi Government for their actions while in that country.
But Blackwater Worldwide, since renamed Xe Services, is not the only security contractor operating in Iraq.
Since the US-led invasion and occupation in 2003, more than 100 private security firms have set up shop in Iraq, many of their names and mandates unknown to the media.
All have been granted immunity from Iraqi prosecution under an agreement signed by Paul Bremer, the Coalition Provisional Authority head, and the Iraqi Governing Council, an interim political body established after the fall of Baghdad, in 2004.
Despite the handing of sovereignty to Iraqis on June 30, 2004, this immunity exemption remains in effect today.
The operation of private security firms(mercenaries) may be a necessary evil. To grant them immunity from justice in Iraq seems designed to make lifelong enemies of the people. How hard is it to understand the rage and enmity arising from a mercenary employed by the Americans, killing your child in cold blood.
I've had more than a few Americans ask me, "Why do they hate us so much?" While the majority of American citizens are good, caring people, the actions of foreign mercenaries financed by tax money, is what many people of the Middle East see as American action.
The killing of the 17 Iraqis was reported a year ago by a NP contributor.
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